Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the City of Hampton, and the City of Newport News conducted an environmental review of the Peninsula Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The environmental review evaluated BRT corridors that will make getting around the Peninsula faster and more rider-friendly.

The 2016–17 Peninsula Corridor Study defined potential high-capacity transit connections between existing and future activity centers in Hampton and Newport News. The study identified two BRT corridors—the Jefferson and Mercury corridors—as the most feasible and cost-effective alternatives, representing the Peninsula’s best opportunity to meet the high-capacity transit needs of the community and effectively compete for FTA funding. These corridors provided the best mobility and community benefits with the least impacts to the existing environment—which is confirmed through the environmental review process.

Key Project Considerations

  • Ensure BRT connects the places riders want to travel between
  • Consider ways to reduce trip times
  • Analyze how BRT vehicles will move through high-traffic areas
  • Determine potential impacts to properties along the corridors
  • Evaluate the project’s effects on the natural, cultural, and human environment
  • Identify ways to use BRT to promote economic development throughout the corridors
  • Understand the storage and maintenance needs of BRT vehicles


The Peninsula BRT project further defined the BRT routes and an environmental review was completed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A NEPA review is required for projects that utilize federal funds for construction. Environmental review considers the natural, cultural, and human elements of the project as they relate to the environment as well as local and regional travel changes.

Peninsula Corridor Study Process Graphic